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    The Empty Hearts Preview New LP With ‘The World Has Gone Insane’ Video

    Elliot Easton, Clem Burke and company also release new song “The Best That I Can”

    The Empty Hearts — Elliot Easton (the Cars), Clem Burke (Blondie), Wally Palmar (the Romantics) and Andy Babiuk (the Chesterfield Kings) — have announced the release of their new album, appropriately titled The Second Album, which arrives on August 28th via Little Steven’s Wicked Cool Records. It’s the follow-up to their 2014 eponymous debut.

    They previewed the album with a video for LP track, “The World Has Gone Insane.” Like its namesake, the visual depicts a chaotic montage of video footage, including various presidents, war scenes, talking heads, pop culture images, news and film clips. The display plays out like a dizzying newsfeed scroll through the past few decades.

    “‘The World’s Gone Insane’ is one of those songs that takes on a much greater meaning than was necessarily intended originally,” Easton tells Rolling Stone. “Recorded well before the pandemic, it began with a riff and a song idea that I presented to the band. They ate it for lunch.”

    The lyrics roil against the onslaught of conflicting information presented in the clip: “You see it everywhere you go/It’s on the street and on your radio/Is it real or is it fake/All that news is just too much to take.”

    They also dropped a new song, “The Best That I Can.” For another LP track, the band enlisted Ringo Starr, who plays drums on “Remember Days Like These.”

    “‘The Best That I Can’ is pure rock and roll; hit the dance floor; rock out and have a good time!” Easton says. “The feel and vibe draws inspiration from high-energy pop bands like The Easybeats, The Action, etc. It was mostly cut live, and we all went around our instruments, trading little breaks where everyone gets to shine-fun stuff!

    “We wanted to make an album like the ones that really captured our imaginations when we were coming up,” Easton adds. “The sort of record that, when it came out, you’d get together with a few friends, maybe get a buzz on, turn the lights down and listen from beginning to end — like those classic late Sixties records that took you on a little trip.”

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    The Empty Hearts’ “The World’s Gone Insane” Proves Once Again Why Elliot Easton Is a National Treasure

    It drives me crazy.

    And, as someone who talks to Elliot Easton from time to time, I know it rubs him the wrong way, as well. (Although he is always such the polite soul to ever register overt crankiness.)

    It’s that “thing” so-called musical-culture commentators often utter — that Elliot is one of the most underrated rock guitarists of all time.

    Underrated by whom?

    Certainly not by people who love guitars, guitar music, and ferociously creative guitar players, because THOSE girls and boys know the TRUTH.

    Elliot Easton, in addition to being in a band that sold bazillions of records — which ain’t all that easy, by the way — is a veritable human database of guitar history with a sculptor-like sense of forging disparate, styles, tones, licks, riffs, grooves, phrases, and melodies into uniquely compelling performances of awesome. Like, jaw-dropping awesome.

    Here’s one example: Think of how many guitar solos he played on hits by The Cars that you can sing. The melodies are not only memorable, but they stick to your brain in spite of the fact that Elliot may be tossing a bit of country into metal along with a dollop of blues and a finisher of something rather strange and experimental from a ’60s record that only seven people might have heard. It’s one thing to devise a beautiful, hummable melody. It’s another thing entirely to do that while juggling stylistic hybridizations, musical touchstones, and echoes from the past.

    Then, there’s the just-released single from Elliot’s current band, The Empty Hearts — another fine example of his sorcery.

    “The World’s Gone Insane” is quite the raver, and it spins close to the band’s intention to celebrate the music of the ’50s and ’60s. But, as groovy as it is in its production, composition, and performance, it’s basically a bar-band tune — an incredible bar track by talented and incendiary musicians, but something you’ve likely tapped your foot along to your whole music-lovin’ life.

    Enter Elliot.

    The solo starts out pretty much as a seasoned guitar player might expect to hear, given the direction of the song — with some aggro, Billy-Gibbons-approved pinched stabs. Then, shit gets tricky. Almost before you can breathe, there’s a series of greasy descending pull-offs, a rapid-fire shred section, a taste of Brit-blues-rock lickery, and all culminating into a seemingly ever-shifting mash-up of ’50s and ’60s motifs punctuated by a perfect bend. All of this madness occurs within about 27 seconds. Whew.

    Exhausted? I can’t imagine an “underrated” player giving you so much musical content in such a short amount of time.

    So you can keep pissing me off — like I matter, any way — as well as other guitarists in-the-know by adding the word “underrated” to any and all verbal discussions of Elliot Easton.

    Or you can simply do what I do: Listen. Learn. Be Astounded.

    “The World’s Gone Insane” is from The Empty Hearts’ upcoming release, The Second Album [Wicked Cool], due August 28, 2020.

    https://guardiansofguitar.com/2020/0..._xr5l8PInp4lmc

 

 

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